Olympic roundup: Day 1
All the action from Day 1 in London.
Not surprising was the winner, Ryan Lochte, who crushed the field to win the U.S.'s first swimming medal . His time of 4:05.18 was more than three second faster than Brazil's Thiago Pereira. Kosuke Hagino finished third.
Phelps will be part of Sunday 4 x 100 freestyle relay team to try to win his 17th overall medal.
In other finals, American Elizabeth Beisel had to settle for silver as Ye Shiwen of China won the women's 400 IM. Li Xuanxu, also from China, finished third. Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. was tied for sixth.
The men's 400 freestyle was won by Sun Yang of China, followed by Park Tae-hwan of South Korea and Peter Vanderkaay of the U.S. The other American, Loyola Academy graduate Conor Dwyer, was fifth.
Australia won the women's 400 free relay with Netherlands second and the U.S. third.
Archery: The first U.S. medal of the Games belonged to the men's team, which after shocking world champion South Korea in the semifinals, lost to Italy in the gold medal match 219-218. The U.S. team was made up of No. 1 ranked individual player Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie. South Korea, the defnding world champion, picked up the bronze.
Badminton: A rough start for the U.S. badminton doubles team of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan, who lost to the South Korean team of Jae Sung Chung and Yong Dae Lee 21-14, 21-19. Next up they play the tough Malaysain team of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan on Sunday. What likely will be their final match will come Monday against a Japanese team. The tournament is in pool play.
Basketball: The U.S. women's team looked a little rusty but used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to get an 81-56 win over Croatia. The U.S. must next play Angola on Monday. The U.S. had four players in double figures: Tina Charles (14), Angel McCoughtry (13), Candace Parker (11) and Tamika Catchings (10). In other games, it was Turkey over Angola 72-50; France over Brazil 73-58 and Australia over Britain 74-58.
Beach Volleyball: In the last match of the night, Misty May-Treanor and Karri Walsh Jennings had to battle a tough Australian team of Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook but took a 21-18, 21-19 victory at perhaps the best venue, a sand pit built at Buckingham Palace. The U.S. No. 2 men's team of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb won fast and decisvely over Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmit of South Africa 21-10, 21-11.
Boxing: The revitalized U.S. team went 2-for-2 on the first day. Joseph Diaz Jr., got an easy 19-9 win over Pavlo Ischchenko of Ukraine in the bantamweight division. His next fight is Wednesday against Alvarez Estrada of Cuba. Terrell Gausha was even more devastating in his fight when the referee stopped it against Andranik Hakobyan of Armenia with seconds left in the match. His next bout will be Thursday against Danabek Suzhanov of Kazahstan.
Cycling: It was supposed to be Britain's first medal of the Games but instead turned into a disaster for the home country as no one hit the medal stand. Instead, Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan won the gold, followed by Rigoberto Uran of Columbia and Norway's Alexander Kristoff. The British were pinning their hopes on Mark Cavendish, who finished 29th.
The U.S. almost made the medal stand with Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth. Other U.S. finishers were Tyler Farrar (33), Timmy Duggan (88), Chris Horner (93) and Tejay van Garderen (104).
Equestrian: Halfway through the dressage portion of the eventing competition, Australia, Germany and the U.S. were at the top of the leaderboard. However, two medal favorites, Britain and New Zealand had yet to compete. The U.S. team is made up of Boyd Martin, Otis Barbotiere, Karen O'Connor and Tiana Coudray.
In individual part of the competition, Ingrid Klimke of Germany was leading followed by Dirk Schrade, also from Germany and Britain's Mary King.
Fencing: The women's foil gold went to Elisa Di Francisca of Italy, who needed extra time to beat teammate Arianna Errigo 12-11. Italian Valentina Vezzali got the bronze, beating Nam Hyun-Hee of South Korea. American Lee Kiefer was able to make it to the quarterfinals before losing to Errigo 15-10. Other U.S. competitors Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross were eliminated in the round of 32.
Gymnastics: The U.S. men's team had a good day earning the top score in the qualifying round over Russia and Britain. They will be ranked first in the final round but none of the scores carry over, so it really doesn't mean a lot. In individual apparatus, Danell Leyva and John Orozco qualified in the all-around; Jake Dalton in the floor exercise; Sam Mikulak in the vault and Leyva and Jonathan Horton in the horizontal bar.
Team Handball: The winners on the men's side were South Korea over Spain, Denmark over Sweden and France over Norway. On the women's side it was Russia over Angola, Brazil beating Croatia and Momntenegro over Britain.
Judo: In a bit of an upset, Russian Arsen Galstyan won the gold beating Hiroaki Hiroaka of Japan in the 132-pound class. Galstyan beat top-ranked Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal. Sobirov and Felipe Kitadai of Brazil were awarded bronze medals. There is no bronze medal match for the semifinal losers. In the women's 106-pound classification, Sarah Menezes of Brazil beat the defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to get the gold. The bronze medals went to Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary and Charline van Snick of Belgium. No Americans were in either competition.
Rowing: The U.S. pushed two crews into the finals on the first day of heats. The men's eight moved forward to Wednesday's final by winning its heat. And Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka advanced to the A final in pairs. They finished second in their heat.
Shooting: The first medal of the Games went to Yi Siling of China in the women's 10-meter air rifle. She had to rally to beat Sylwia Bogacka of Poland for the gold. Yu Dan, also of China, finished third. But the U.S. advanced two shooters to the final for the first time since 2000. Jamie Gray finished fith and Sarah Scherer was seventh.
In the men's 10-meter air rifle, Jin Jongoh of South Kora picked up the gold, followed on the medal stand by Luca Tesconi of Italy and Andrija Zlatic of Serbia. U.S. shooters Daryl Szarenski and Jason Turner finished 23rd and 34th.
Table Tennis: Any time the U.S. wins a match, it's a time to celebrate. So, get at it. Ariel Hsing dominated with a four game victory over Yadira Silva of Mexico. She plays Xia Lian Ni of Luxembourg on Sunday. The other Americans, Lily Zhang lost in straight games to Cornelia Molnar of Croatia and Timothy Wang lost in straight games to Song Nam King of North Korea.
Soccer: The U.S. women qualified for the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Colombia. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal 33 minutes into the game. After the Colombians appeared tired late in the game the U.S scored followup goals by Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd. The U.S. next plays Tuesday against North Korea, a 5-0 loser to France on Saturday. In other play, Japan and Sweden played to a 0-0 tie; Brazil beat New Zealand 1-0; Canada topped South Africa 3-0 and Britain beat Cameroon 3-0.
Tennis: Serena Weilliams, in her first return to Wimbledon since winning two weeks ago, easily beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the first round 6-3, 6-1. John Isner advanced on the men's side 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 over Belgium's Olivier Rochus, while Donald Young was eliminated by Andreas Seppi of Itlaly. Ryan Harrisonof the U.S. lost to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Andy Roddick did not play on the first day of competition. In a bit of a surprise, men's Wimbledon champion Roger Federer needed three sets to beat Colombia's Alejamdro Falla.
Volleyball: The U.S. women's team got off to a decent start with a four-set victory over South Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21. The next game for the U.S. is against Brazil on Monday. In other matches, Japan beat Algeria 3 games to 0, Russia over Britain, 3-0, Italy over the Dominican Republic, 3-1 and China beat Serbia, 3-1.
Weightlifting: Wang Mingjuan of China won the gold in the women's 105-pound class with a total weight lift of 451 pounds. She is the four-time world champion. Hiromi Miyake of Japan got the silver and Ryang Chun Hwa of North Korea took home th bronze. There were no Americans in the competition.